[Dancer-users] perl dance multiple hosting @dotgeek

gurugeek gurugeekphp at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 19:26:41 CEST 2012

or actually I just need
mod_perl  and Plack::Handler::Apache2
as per :


I was confused as the mod_apache is still listed in the plack website :)

On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM, David Precious <davidp at preshweb.co.uk>wrote:

> On Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:01:30 +0200
> gurugeek <gurugeekphp at gmail.com> wrote:
> > hello,
> > we are finalising a totally free hosting service for programmers (
> > dotgeek.org). We used to run this in 2004-2005 with PHP 5 etc. and we
> > are now trying to extend the service to offer, in addition to PHP,
> > MySQL and Ruby (Sinatra, Camping) with Dancer.
> >
> > I did try it yesterday and today and I think it is very interesting
> > and we would like to add support for dancer.
> That's awesome - I'll be happy to provide whatever help I can.
> > I have a quick question regarding the best solution for a multiple
> > hosting environment (we are using apache with a and we have a proper
> > security system in place). According to your deployment guide the
> > PSGI + Apache setup will require the application URL in the vhost
> > configuration
> >
> > PerlSetVar psgi_app /websites/myapp.example.com/app.pl
> >
> > this might be an issue if the user rename the application. In sinatra
> > with a passenger  deployment (aka mod_ruby) you can define a full
> > public folder and through the config.ru file, that is easier to edit
> > from the users that will have only SFTP access, you define which
> > application you wish to run.
> >
> > Is there a similar option with Dancer or there is a need to declare
> > the app name in the apache vhost configuration ?
> You could probably set up e.g. /home/$username/app.pl or similar which
> they can edit, which loads the appropriate app; they could edit that to
> choose which app to load, perhaps?
> Or use some Apache trickery to extract a subdomain from the query and
> use that as the path, as people often do with mass name-based virtual
> hosting, so e.g. app1.user.dotgeek.org is /home/$user/$app1/bin/app.pl
> etc - that way they could just upload a new app and hit
> $appname.$user.dotgeek.org or similar and have it Just Work (in theory).
> > I would also welcome any feedback about this service that will
> > essentially offer dancer + mysql + sqlite totally free. Do you think
> > it would be interested and help users to get started ?
> Certainly - the ability for a user to try out their first Dancer app
> for free without having to install stuff is likely to be of use to
> people I think.  This is something I sort of toyed with the idea of
> trying to offer myself, but I decided I didn't have the time to
> implement it in a secure enough way and manage it closely enough to
> limit abuse etc (and to deal with the users, who from past experience
> will expect the moon on a stick, even though they're not paying a
> penny...)
> I note you've got reCAPTCHA which should keep out some users though, as
> it's become almost unusable these days :)
> Anyway - I, and the other Dancer core devs, will be happy to provide
> whatever assistance we can to you in order to get Dancer support into
> dotgeek.org.
> Cheers!
> Dave P
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